As always, God always does amazing things while we are in Uganda. I could fill up weeks of posts about the trip, but I will only highlight some of what we did. Today, Sewing in Uganda. I had a few plans for sewing, but we were not able to accomplish all of them.
- Christine Johnson, of CJPatterns was wonderfully generous and donated patterns and fabric for my trip. My goal in Kampala was to work with one woman (Betty) and teach her to use the sewing machine, read a pattern, and work with knits. We had limited time, but she completed a skirt and top while I was there.
- I had planned on working with 3 specific women in the village to continue what we had started last year. This year I wanted to teach them to make a dress b y reading a pattern. Unfortunately, 2 of the women had moved away and the third didn't show up until later in the day. I ended up working with some new women and teaching them. They may never use a commercial pattern again, but the process got them excited about sewing and I know the sewing will continue.
- Many thanks to generous donations, I was able to purchase 4 sewing machines and give them to the women. One electric machine was given to Betty to practice and keep in her home. Two more treadles were purchased to be used by the women of her church. The fourth machine was purchased for the village (we purchased 2 others last year.)
One of the greatest blessings of going this year was getting to bring along my son, Nick. Nick is 25 years old and a pre med student. He has never been to a third world country and has led a pretty sheltered life. He got to do volunteer work in the hospital in Jinja while we were there. Not only was this a great experience for him, he also ended up being partnered with two native Ugandans his own age who are missionary interns. He got the opportunity to work with them on bible studies and even led the study a couple of times himself. This was a big step out of his comfort zone and exactly what he needed. I just saw blessing after blessing on this trip.